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Native Nation Building (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

The American Indian Studies Program (AIS), with assistance from Public Administration, College of Public Health, and advisors from Arizona's Native Communities; is offering an academic Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Native Nation Building.  To obtain the certificate, students must complete a 12-unit program of study including core and elective courses.  The program is designed to provide graduate level professional development to individuals who are either currently working with or plan to work with American Indian communities and organizations.  Students will be able to complete the certificate in conjunction with a graduate or professional degree or as a stand-alone certificate.



Department/Academic Unit(s)

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs -

The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.

Graduate College/GIDP  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
John R Carbajal
Graduate Program Coordinator
John R Carbajal
Director of Graduate Studies
Ronald L Trosper
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission to the Certificate Program in Native Nation Building.  The application procedure is a two-fold process with consideration by the department and by the UA Graduate College.

All non-AIS students must meet requirements of the graduate college and pay the graduate college application fee.  Current AIS students, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for direction.

To apply, students may log on to: All application material must be received on-line by October 15th or April 15th for admission to the following semester to the certificate program in AIS.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Checklist for Online Application Material

  1. On line application and fee (if you are not already a graduate student in the University of Arizona AIS program)
  2. Personal statement (3-5 pages) about your interest in the certificate program
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty or supervisors who can attest to your achievements and academic potential (requested)
  4. Electronic copies of Official Transcripts from all institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate). A minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average based on a 4.0 scale is required for admission (reference
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Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15

International Applicants:

  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 12
Core coursework: REQUIRED CORE
AIS / LAW / PA 537A (3) Native Nation-Building I: Issues of Leadership, Institution-Building (3 units) Fall.

AIS / LAW / PA 637A (3) Native Nation-Building II: Theory into Practice (3 units) Spring.

Other requirements: Minimum 3.0 gpa required in core course and overall for award of certificate.

See website for more information on coursework:

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 27 Jun 2014